Are pain and swelling in the elbow indicative of Elbow bursitis?
The elbow joint was painful as I palpated the area, andthere was a large (goose egg sized) swollen area adjacent on my lower arm. It was sore, and now seems firm. There is also a fluid sack next to the elbow. ???
From your description, it seems that you have an elbow bursitis. This condition appears due to some injury which may be a compression of this area.
It feels like a fluid sac indeed as it contains some fluid there.
This fluid should be drained with a needle. The fluid should be checked with a possible infection in it. Lukewarm compresses, Diclofenac and avoiding injury of this area usually helps.
If no improvement, steroid injection is the next step. You should consult a surgeon with it.
Hope I have answered your query.
Dr Grzegorz Stanko, General Surgeon